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  1. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    I wear them because my knees really don't appreciate a lot of kneeling without being covered and there are some changes on the reformer that I can do by just turning when there's fabric, but my skin would stick on the carriage, but I so get what you mean. I had a 'bloody hell, what have I done to you?!' moment with my right knee last summer. We didn't wear any protection gear playing volleyball back in school, so I have a skidmark on it and I fell on a run a few years back and crashed onto the same one. Looks way better in capris - or at least not up close doing the scissors 😉
  2. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    I love rock, but music has such an effect, I couldn't imagine doing Pilates to it, I'd automatically start doing the excercises in the beat of the music which might be way too fast. That's too bad. We usually team up in the changing room when there's something we don't like and then one of us tries to break it diplomatically to the teacher. We had to do that just a couple of times with new ones (doing Level I stuff with a Level III group or being too scared to correct us), but it has worked so far because everyone present was on the same page. That's funny, one of the very few yoga classes I tried was basically music plus drivel. When he asked if was coming back, I told him I preferred to keep my sports and spirituality seperate. He looked at me as if I'd just grown a second head. I don't think we have such a thing as a rec center (I'm not in the US) and actually setting foot in a gym or a studio of any kind is a big hurdle for a lot of people. It's such a shame that bad experiences, stupid trainers or idiots who think the gym is their runway scare people off something they might actually love. I know a female personal trainer who looks like an amazon and a guy actually walked up and tried to mansplain pull-ups to her and when she talked back, tried to intimidate her. Big mistake. If he did that to an actual newbie though, that person might never try again.
  3. Sonja

    Leverage

    Couldn't agree more. It would have been so easy to paint her in an unsympathetic light, but they went the (sadly) unexpected way and made her part of the family without overusing the character. Eliot with the girls, Sophie shushing the big fight and Parker inspecting the apartment Parker-style made Fairy God Parents for me. I'm very meh on Runway too. There were some good scenes, but overall it was lacking something. My favourite is probably The Big Bang Job. Not just because of the insane action scenes (which I'm a sucker for), but because there was some really good acting in there. There are so many good eps though. I like The Studio Job (I can put names to some of the archetypes in that one thanks to my professional past) The Bank Shot Job; Reunion & D.B. Cooper for being fun, Queen's Gambit (contrasts the funny Eliot/Sterling and Nate/chess players scenes nicely with Parker and Hardison's more serious/emotional ones), Experimental was good as well. The arrogant yuppie was really well cast, I just wanted to punch him. Also, the Last Goodbye Job because it wasn't one of the countless last episodes of a series that made me angry, but actually kept up the show's quality until the end and bookended it nicely with the ep 1 references without overdoing it. Timothy Hutton absolutely killed it in that one. I'm still not sure if I liked the White Rabbit or not. Using Hamlet is usually a good way to get me, but I've been on the fence about this ep for years. Amen to all of this. There are more series out there right now than ever before. I have to watch a lot of them for my job (I know, the hardship) but on a personal level, I either don't want the people on the screen in my living room or the writing isn't up to par (or taking the audience for fools), the direction or camera work shoddy and let's not get started on the 'acting' in a lot of them. I'd rather re-watch a bunch of criminals being immensely entertaining while taking out human garbage. Until John Rogers tweets something current related to an ep and scares me back to the real world ;-)
  4. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    Ouch, the poor guy. Couldn't she have done one of the countless teaser prep excercises for the 'general public' and told those who wanted to do the full teaser to go ahead with it? We've got a new guy of the tender age of 81 who is shaming half of us on the Cadillac. He does accept his limits, but it's embarassing for those of us half his age. The oldest in the studio is 84 (oldest woman 80), those are some life goals right there. I would probably protest if anyone tried to play music. We did it a couple of times during summer when there were special classes, but she let us choose (Chopin, Bach, Haydn and the likes) and it was very much in the background. I think it's supposed to be the speed of the kick in combination with keeping your upper body in the raised position to maximize the strech without losing form. I really need to research why some of the excercises are supposed to be done slowly and some as quickly as possible in order to be effective. Maybe it was just Pilates being German by experiencing Schadenfreude when everyone in the room was flailing ;-)
  5. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    The moves themselves should change too though. For example when a beginner would have the strechted leg for the single leg strech at 45°, later on it's parallel to the floor, barely above it. Also, the chest lift gets higher, the swan dive from laying on the mat on your stomach bending upwards to actually rocking back and forth just via tension and breathing, etc. Re single leg kick: glutes and hamstrings. I did 6 months of barre this year. It was great for getting thighs of steel, but extremely bad for my hip joint. We did stuff like push-ups with the hands on the floor and feet up at the barre that I loved but the more ballet-y stuff killed me, so I had to stop. Agreed, it's pure marketing. I've met women who wanted to have arms like Schwarzenegger and started to consider taking supplements because it just does not work that way. On the other hand, I've also met a lot of male trainers who refuse to believe that there are differences between how male and female bodies work and branded the women in the gym as lazy because they were not bulking up the same as the man. Welcome to the 21st century, where education is still underrated and gender marketing reigns supreme.
  6. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    Ah, got it, thanks. It's the same where I am, but the order and the exercises are never the same. They are mixing it up depending on who is there and how far they can go.
  7. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    May I ask which Pilates method you're doing? I've never been to a class with an established order (except for the series of 5) and am wondering how you work up to the fun parts if every class is the same.
  8. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    Sounds like it was the right decision for you then :-) I don't know which kind of exercises you are currently doing, but if there's an issue with your shoulder, try not to do those where you have to lift your arms higher than shoulder-height. For example if you have your arms in the slings and go from a t-shape to bringing down your hands towards your hips and back up, try not to go into a fully horizontal T with the arms, but stop a few cm before. I have a bum shoulder as well and one inch makes all the difference. But it sounds as if you had figured that stuff out already anyway. I hear you on the showers! That sounds great! Keeping my fingers crossed for you that this is only the beginning and you'll feel better and better :-)
  9. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    Thank you for this, I had to laugh out loud several times when reading. You know there are actually people still around who were trained by Joseph Pilates? My instructor was at a workshop once where a 97 year old demonstrated stuff hanging from the Cadillac and they had to fight the urge of telling her to get the hell down before she hurt herself. Life goals. I see your PiYo and raise you a Piloxing. I'm still wondering where either the Pilates or the Boxing part were. It was more of a collective flailing with weighted gloves. I did have the urge to knock some sense into the instructor afterwards though. A badly executed crunch does not make Pilates. If she had shouted 'jab!' one more time, I probably would have done just that. Leaning like a ball sounds intriguing. Thanks for the mental image of rolling around, trying to properly get onto the mat ;-) The studio I'm training in actually lets each of us use whatever we need however we need it and they know all of our physical issues/limitations. And would NEVER hike up someone's pelvis. I only have one properly working hip joint, so there are things I can't do (especially on the mat, the slings of the reformer can actually force that stupid bone into the right direction when all spings are loaded) or have to do differently and they tell me beforehand when we do something new that might result in injury. By now I can actually almost get into a full split on the reformer despite this. I couldn't agree more: the number of people thinking Pilates (or Yoga or other forms of exercise) is bull because of bad experiences that showed a completely wrong picture must be legion. If you learn that stuff properly, it bleeds into all aspects of your life though. I'd never do a hollow back when reaching for something anymore. Not a fan of any 'miracle' equipment to be honest. Two questions, the first one relating closely to what @StatisticalOutlier and I were going on about in our previous posts: - would you actually know how to use it properly from previous work out experience or is there a possibility you would get exercises wrong and hurt yourself more than benefit from it? - do you think you'd actually use it for anything other than hanging your laundry long-term? I've had some experience with that myself ;-) If you don't want to encounter too many people at a gym, is there a place with small groups of people training anywhere in your vicinity that you could stomach? Do you have a friend who'd be interested to come with? Starting with someone you know and trust might help to get things up and running. I can only speak for the Pilates studio I work out in, but we are more functioning like a family where the 20 year olds are joking with the 80 year olds and no one cares about others' disabilities - which there are quite a few of. It can actually get quite difficult to do abs-related stuff because someone is always throwing out a one-liner.
  10. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    Thank you! I think I might break out my old protection gear from inline skating when I first get back onto the board. Better be embarrassed for a few minutes than in a cast for weeks ;-) Don't get me started on those things, I hate them with a passion...
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    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    I recently bought a skateboard to shorten ways from the car to meetings (there have been a lot of no-go zones for cars implemented where I live in recent years and I happen to have meetings in one of those regularly), but then I remembered that the last time I was on one was in my teens and I'm now over 40. It has been staring at me accusingly from its space in the hallway since then, waiting for me to try and break a limb or two. Congrats! Assuming you're still alive that is ;-)
  12. That's another thing I don't get. The decision about there being table reads or not should never be one actors, but the producers. Agreeing to this was a mistake. Crawford's behaviour was definitely inexcusable and I tend to side-eye everyone who uses the word pussy as a put down. I have no issue with them providing food for him every 2.5 hours, but I can't get over 'takes nap time very seriously'. Whoever wrote this either didn't let anyone proof-read or doesn't like the guy much.
  13. Coming from a family of diabetics and working closely with one, I have yet to see an adult who needs someone else handling their diabetes. Food being made available by the employer is of course different in this case because if they are on location, it can be difficult to bring your own stuff, but emercengy gels, etc aren't bigger than a phone anymore, they fit into your pocket. Most Type I diabetics I know (don't know if Wayans is one) by now have an implant in their arm that is connected to an app, so if my local national health insurance provider pays for those things, I doubt he'll be unable to afford one. I'm all for supporting people with chronic issues, but how many employers would remind their diabetic employees to eat every 2.5 hours and then send them off for a nap (which is unrelated in my opinion). Again, I'm not griping about the food being available, but about babying a grown man. This thing reads like band riders; some are regular, some put in jokes to see if anyone is actually reading them (no blue M&Ms) and some think they have to be waited on hand and foot. Seems Wayans' agent tried and WB signed which is their own fault but shouldn't be taken out on the crew. As for Crawford, he's not a teenager anymore FFS, it's not that hard to not yell at people, frustration or not. I'm working in an open space office, so if I need to concentrate, I listen to music and interviews on youtube via headphones and a few months ago landed on a podcast ep with him as guest. Apart from not being the most interesting interviewee, I was wondering why he would go back to Hollywood when it's apparent from just listening to him that this is not a healthy environment for him or doesn't bring out the best in him. And as some others mentioned, where were the showrunner and the studio in all of this?! I hope someone manages to get out of their NDA so that this can be taught as a 'how not to do' example in film school.
  14. Sonja

    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    That's the unfortunate thing about sports, not a lot of them are inexpensive. Surprisingly my 'cheapest' one is archery because that equipment hardly cost more than the running shoes I keep having to replace when I've literally run them to the ground. I hope you find something affordable you like!
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    Exercise: What's Your Workout?

    Is there a Pilates studio near you? Not a gym with Pilates classes, but a real Pilates studio. I'm stressing the difference because due to the nature of gyms, it must be possible to jump in at any time while in a dedicated studio, you learn from scratch and build up from there. Even if you're only doing a few hours as a beginner, you learn how to do core exercises correctly so you don't hurt yourself when you continue on your own. As for the ab thingy: I would stay away from things like these. Working properly with your own body weight and body axis is way more effective than those gadgets and less dangerous if done correctly.
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